Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lance Oliver Keeble

Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Lance is a Firemen turned Author & Americas best kept secret, a sci-fi horror geek with an eclectic writing perspective.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing since childhood.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write from everywhere, car, bath, shower, work…napkins post its, text email, I wake up and write something and go back o sleep…

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read, Watching my favorite Movies, hanging with my family and friends…

What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
It’s not formulaic, and its told from multiple characters point of view…

What do you enjoy most about writing?
It’s a mental and emotional release, and I feel like I can be a classic author one day…

About the Author
Lance Oliver Keeble has been an Author most his life. Lance developed a love for books and creativity at a very young age and his passion hasn't waned. Lance has appeared in various anthologies, books, and periodicals including a superhero comic that is in several magazines. Lance Oliver Keeble's current work is a Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action Novel titled Globes Disease.

Lance has been a life long fan of the many Genres. Some of his favorite authors include: Joe Nazel, Nnedi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Stephen R. Donaldson, Piers Anthony, Anne Rice, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Chuck Palahniuk, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Howard Chaykin, Dwayne McDuffie, Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, Homer & Dr. Seuss.

Lance has published poetry and short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies as well as a superhero comic strip in several magazines. He has a children's book and a graphic novel in development and is currently editing the prequel to his novel Globes Disease.

Lance Oliver Keeble was born and raised and continues to live in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. A Father of 7 children and Grandfather of 4, Lance has worn many hats, including Firefighter.

Where can we buy the books?

How can we follow you on Facebook?

What is your Twitter Handle?

Are you on GoodReads?

Your Website Address

Are there any other sites we should know about?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Writing Prompt-Fairy Tale

Write a Fairy Tale from the perspective of a character in the story other than the protagonist.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Spotlight: SciFan Magazine


Enjoy this glimpse into this collection of authors!


You can read and review the entire magazine or just review one or two of the articles. The best way to help authors is to talk about their work on public forums!

Post reviews here, on the 'Zon and on your social media!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Jason Nugent

Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
I write dark stories where happy endings don’t exist.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I used to write sappy poetry in my teens and when I started college I took an English course where I had to write a story. I loved it! I nailed the tone of the piece and I’ve wanted to write ever since. It took me years before I picked it back up and I’ve been writing for about eight years now.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write in the mornings and usually before starting I’ll rub the head of a little zombie figure I’ve got on my desk for “luck.”

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I play airsoft with my son and our friends, I play on a bocce ball team, and I read. 

What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
It’s an interesting mix of horror, scifi, and fantasy. There are sixteen short stories all with dark themes that are sure to appeal to various readers.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love creating something from nothing. I love the ability to entertain the reader with an idea or character created from nothing more than my thoughts and experiences.

About the Author
I’m a sales rep. by day and writer by night. Author of over two dozen flash fiction stories, four unreleased novels, and writer on a pc based indie video game, I’ve been busy building worlds and stories. In early 2016 I released my first collection of stories titled “(Almost) Average Anthology.” My second collection of stories due out in early October 2016 is titled “Moments of Darkness” and features fourteen new tales with dark elements.

Where can we buy the books?

How can we follow you on Facebook?

What is your Twitter Handle?

Are you on GoodReads?
No, not really.

Your Website Address

Are there any other sites we should know about?
My blog: https://almostaverageblog.wordpress.com/

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Spotlight: Watership

  • https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AQW1S2U
  • The world was dying, so scientists worked to create a safe haven in the centre of the earth; hollowing it out for the future generations to live safely.

    When the creatures created to watch over the people detected the failsafe program had activated, and that their hollow world was about to collapse, they took them to a sentient, biological spaceship, set with the coordinates to take them to a new world.

    But with the aliens who helped the scientists in the past having come back to change the course of the ship, things soon spiral out of control.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Question of the Day

What book/author influenced you the most?

George Orwell
Ray Bradbury
Piers Anthony
David Eddings
Jennifer Roberson
Harper Lee
Stan Lee
Wendy and Richard Pini
Terry Brooks

These are just a few of my favorites. I read these authors religiously as a teenager. They taught me how to build worlds and create characters. Oh, and they saved me from a dull and mundane existence. (Piers Anthony fans will appreciate the allusion.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hannah Gray Gordon

Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
I write unique, strong characters who overcome many challenges.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When my mother handed me a diary at the age of nine and instead of writing about my day, I filled it (and three more after) with short stories and character profiles.

Author Blurb:  
Hannah Gray Gordon is an Oklahoma transplant originally from upstate New York. She is an infant care specialist by day, fantasy fiction writer by night, and waiting for the day she can move to writing full-time and spend every waking moment with her characters. She has avidly written in some form or another since the age of twelve, with her main interest always nestled within the fantasy and science fiction realms. She has her Associate of Arts from Tulsa Community College and is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a minor in English from Oklahoma State University. She has studied under such academic greats as Stacie Takacs, David Gray (no relation), and Teresa Miller, and her degree focuses have been research, popular culture, and writing.
In other news, Hannah is also a violinist (Oklahoma Junior State Champion), photographer, and social media addict. She relishes a wide variety of books and films, and devours them in order to further her own skills and, of course, to have an excuse to consume a ridiculous amount of popcorn on a regular basis.
Where can we buy the books?
Amazon Author Link

How can we follow you on Facebook? 

What is your Twitter Handle?

Your Website Address is:

Are there any other sites we should know about?
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/HannahGordon732

Monday, January 23, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Writers Workshop-Covers

What do you find appealing in a cover?

Give your best advice for designing a cover.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Alan VanMeter

I have a unique perspective on the shadow government, as my father worked at Area 51

My books always give some well researched information along with a great story!

I have self-published over 30 novels. Many of which take place in a common universe and share characters. My interests include Cosmology, Martial Arts, and Taoism. I usually work at least one of my favored subjects into my stories.

My Amazon page: http://amzn.to/2fmOhed

My Facebook page: fb.me/alanvm.author

My Twitter handle: @AlanVanMeter

My Goodreads Page: Alan VanMeter


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Shining Ones



Ever feel you're different from other people?

For police officer Tessa Holly, it’s not a feeling; it’s a fact. She can change her body any way she chooses. She will never grow sick or old.

Born a descendant of Ireland’s magical Tuatha dé Danann (Clan of Danu), Tessa expects to follow her clan’s Rules in all things—friendships, career, even marriage. 

But when her brother and a human girl are seized by enemies bent on stealing Danann longevity, the Rules don't help. To rescue the captives, Tessa must rely on a man no one trusts as her guide through cairns, castles and cathedrals of Ireland and Britain in search of her people’s greatest treasures. 

Along the way, she discovers a power greater than all others. If she uses it, she could save—or destroy—her people. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Question of the day

When do you do your best writing?

My best writing always takes place between 1 AM and 4 AM. I don't know why this is. Maybe it's because it's always so quiet at that time of night. There are no distractions to keep me away from the thoughts boiling around in my head. The quiet is inspirational.

I've always been a night person. When I was a kid I used to keep a flashlight under my pillow so I could read under the covers late into the night. When I was a Nurse's Aide I always worked the night shift. All the interesting things happens at night. Especially nights where there was a full moon.

I remember one night I was walking down the hall checking patient's rooms when I caught the glimpse of a woman standing at the foot of one of the beds. She was dressed in a hospital gown with those funny booty socks on her feet. Her white hair was short and permed into those curls you tended to see on all older ladies.I think she was close to six feet tall and skinny.

When I turned to go into the room to help the patient get back into bed there wasn't anyone at the foot of the bed and both of the patients in the room were both in bed, asleep. Neither of these women looked like the woman I saw.

Although I did tell the other staff about it, I didn't write it in the nightly report.

Maybe it's not just my imagination that speaks to me at night.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CL Gaber

Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
In ASCENDERS, I combine fantasy, action with an epic love story. Plus, there’s time travel!
What makes your book stand out from the crowd? ASCENDERS (Book 1 and 2) is a love story on two levels…between Daniel and Walker …and Walker and her mother. As a journalist, I like to use facts to inform my story. Ascenders was born from the fact that the human brain doesn’t fully form until you’re 24 years old. It begs the question: Where would you go if you died young. Walker goes to a realm that looks like the UP of Michigan, but it’s actually an afterlife of no rules. You can’t get hurt. You can’t die twice. Falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do because no one is sure how long they will remain in this realm. Walker and Daniel also break the one cardinal rule which is you can not return to your former life in ghost form. To go back to the original question, I think the book stands out because it’s epic love with fast adventure combined with facts that make you think. Plus, Daniel has been called “better than chocolate cake.” He’s that tat covered rebel.
Give an about the Author Blurb As a journalist, I’ve spent the last few decades writing about movie stars for the New York Times wire. On the night before I interviewed Cher, I had a dream that played out like a movie in my mind. That dream became Ascenders.
Ascenders has morphed into ASCENDERS: SKYPUNCH (Book 2) and then there’s ASCENDERS: OMORROW (Book 3) out this spring.
Ascenders is being developed into a TV show and comic book.

Where can we buy the books? ASCENDERS KINDLE (always .99) https://www.amazon.com/Ascenders-High-School-Recently-Departed-ebook/dp/B00VF8EHP0
How can we follow you on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/authorclgaber/
What is your Twitter Handle? @CLGABER
Are you on GoodReads? http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25392606-ascenders
Your Website Address is: www.ascenderssaga.com
Are there any other sites we should know about?
Check out the Ascenders trailer with original music from Roger O’Donnell of The Cure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXfYGGeA3DI

Monday, January 16, 2017

Writing Prompt — Hitchhiker

You are traveling a familiar road. Suddenly you see a hitchhiker up ahead. Usually you don't stop for strangers, but something tells you to pull over and offer a ride.

What happens next?

(Remember, these posts are about letting readers know your writing style)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Writing Tip — Details

You know the saying — "The Devil is in the Details"

Well, for this blog it's true.

Reflect on the purposes of this blog. It is here as a way for you to demonstrate to a larger audience why you should be their next favorite author.

Imagine this scenario:
A reader is drawn to this blog because they see one of their favorite authors is profiled here. The reader scrolls through the comments or other posts and suddenly a well-written piece stands out. This prompts the reader to explore another author and then another.

This is your chance to really stand out. Let readers know what you have to offer.

It's OK to put yourself out there and let potential readers know your writing.

Give readers a glimpse of your writing style. Post a short piece of writing in the comments below.

Is This All There Is
Is this all there is?
This moment in time?
This fixed point?
This existence?
Time starts from a fixed point.
You are here.
Where do you want to go?
There is one path.
The light is bright and you can see where you place your feet.
But the way is rocky and tree roots crisscross the ground.
There is another path.
Where your eyes fall it is smooth and well maintained.
But it is shrouded in shadow and mist.
There is another and another and another.
Which reality will you choose?
Lucinda Moebius

April 9th 2016

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chuck Rogers

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer.  When I was a little kid I would write stories for my friends and family as birthday/Christmas gifts.  I still do.

Give an About the Author Blurb
Chuck Rogers lives in Cupertino, CA, living by his wits in the throbbing heart of the Silicon Valley and teaches Yoga on the side.

Where can we buy the books?

How can we follow you on Facebook?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: Write Well Publish Right


Everybody has a story. It builds up inside us, fighting at the edges of our soul, pushing at us until it forces us to open an outlet and let it escape. So, what do we do? How do we tell the story?

Write Well Publish Right is designed to bring story-tellers from the first glimmer of an idea into completion of a full-fledged print book. This is not a “how-to” book, this is an “I did it and you can do it too” book. For all the writers who have ever attended writer’s workshops, community education classes and library meet-the-author days and wondered how to write a book and get published, this book leads the way. This book takes you on a journey into the world of writing and publishing from the perspective of an author who has been there. Lucinda Moebius has experienced the world of publishing through professional and self-publishing forums. Through her journey she has learned many lessons and has experienced both good and bad sides of the publishing world and she has decided to share the knowledge she has gained with you.

There are books out there about writing and there are books out there about publishing. Write Well Publish Right is a book about both. This book breaks down the foundations of good writing, teaches lessons and explaining, in the simplest terms, how you can publish your story. There are no shortcuts to becoming a published writer, but if there was Write Well Publish Right would be the signpost pointing the way.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Question of the day

What is your research process when you write?
I like to research as I write. I outline my story, gather the basic information and then when I get to a scene where I need to include some world building I will research the information I need. it is one technique I use to avoid writer's block.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mackenzie Flohr

What makes your book stand out from the crowd? 
Witches and warlocks must go through a ritual called The Rite of Wands in order to gain their power and wand.

    Give an about the Author Blurb:
    Mackenzie Flohr grew up in the heartland of America, chasing leprechauns and rainbows and dreaming of angels. From the time she could hold a pencil, Mackenzie was already creating pictorial interpretations of classic stories, and by the age of nine, she and a childhood friend were authors and reviewers of their own picture books. She wanted to write a fantasy of her own, one that could inspire imagination in others and lead them into a magical world of their own making. Her debut novel, The Rite of Wands will be available March 10, 2017.

    Provide Links:
                    Where can we buy the books? The first book in The Rite of Wands series through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and IndieBound in softcover and ebook.
                    How can we follow you on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/MackenzieFlohrAuthor/
    What is your twitter handle? @mackenzieflohr
                    Are you on GoodReads? https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16247559.Mackenzie_Flohr
                    Your Website Address is: http://www.mackenzieflohr.com

                    Are there any other sites we should know about? http://www.bhcauthors.com/Author_Mackenzie_Flohr.html

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Writing Prompt-Ritual

    Part of world building is understanding the beliefs and rituals of the people you are creating.
    I have always had a fascination with the moon and the draw it has on the human soul. It seems the mythos of monstrosity centers around the full moon. When I worked in hospitals and nursing homes you could always tell when there was a full moon. Patients would be restless and try to get out of bed. There were always more deaths on nights when we had a full moon.
    As part of my world building I study the myths behind the moon and the way it interacts with the world. I include moon lore in my writing as a way to honor its pull on the Earth and my heart.
    What rituals do you build into your writing?
    Include a writing sample.

    Saturday, January 7, 2017

    Writer's Workshop-Blurbs

    Let's discuss book blurbs today. Do you have a blurb you need to work through?

    I am working on the second book of my Paranormal series. The title character of the novel is a young man who is just discovering he was born into a tribe of monster Hunters. He has been gifted with the power to track and bind the monsters until his companion, a member of the Warrior tribe can kill them.

    He faces a moral dilemma because until he discovered he was a Hunter he was training to become a priest. He holds all life sacred and participating in this specialized hunt is making him question his core values and beliefs.

    It is the classic Hero's Journey, lost child trope, but with a few unique twists. i want to avoid cliches in the blurb.

    Post your ideas in the comments.

    Post your blurbs in the comments. let's see if we can workshop and help each other out.

    Friday, January 6, 2017

    Cameron W. Kobes

    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
    I read a lot as a kid. I loved The Hobbit and the Redwall books, and I wanted to do stories like them. Around eleven, I decided I wanted to be an author.
    Give an about the Author Blurb,
    Cameron W. Kobes was born in Toppenish, WA. He grew up on a small farm and spent much of his youth immersing himself in fantasy and science fiction. He majored in English and minored in Religion and Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. After graduating in 2015 he has divided his time between Washington State and elsewhere. He self-published his first book, Tales of Cynings Volume I, in January 2016. On his blog, kobescwrites93.wordpress.com, he writes reviews for other new indie fantasy/sci-fi authors.
    Provide Links:
                    Where can we buy the books?
    Both the print version and the digital version are available on Amazon. The print version can also be found on Createspace. 

                    How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)

                    What is your Twitter Handle?

                    Are you on GoodReads?
                    Your Website Address is:

    Kobescwrites93.wordpress.com. I use this site to promote my own work and write reviews for other indie fantasy and sci-fi authors.

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    SciFan Magazine!

    SciFan Magazine

    Let's start our ventures with a sampling from 13 unique authors!
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    Write an honest review.
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    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Question of the Day

    What motivates you to write?

    I write for many reasons. Mostly it's a way to escape the pressures of reality and find a tiny piece of sanity in my mind.

    I have a very vivid imagination and often have detailed or lucid dreaming events. Images drill into my brain, dance around weaving a story and force them way out into the written word. I think if I didn't have an outlet in the form of writing I would have severe issues. Writing is a coping mechanism for me and many times I find myself looking back on the words I write and wonder if I'm really the person who wrote them.

    Share your writing motivation!

    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Eva Pasco

    Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
    I write Lit with wit and grit in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction
    What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
    An excerpt from Joel R. Dennstedt’s 5-Star review for Readers’ Favorite indicates how my book stands out from the crowd—“As a stylistic practice in relating the story behind An Enlightening Quiche, Eva Pasco accomplishes a most difficult task for a writer, and she accomplishes it to perfection: not only using alternating voices, but having each voice alternate between the present and a remembered, expository past. The effect of such stylistic mastery is to create – breaking from the culinary theme – a sensationally intricate and complex tapestry as pleasing to the reader’s mind as such artwork is to expert eyes. And though this work has been labeled simplistically as “contemporary women’s fiction,” make no mistake: this is a psychological, literary novel, and a wonderful, highly challenging masterpiece of writing.”
    Give an about the Author Blurb
    After retiring from a career in elementary education, midlife restlessness prompted Eva to rekindle her passion for storytelling by composing Contemporary Women’s Fiction distinguished for its character-driven plots which feature protagonists who plunge the depths of despair and suffer the consequences in their darkest hours prior to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. A native Rhode Islander, she adds local flavor by incorporating geographic entities, historic landmarks, and regional culture in her novels.
    Where can we buy the book?
    Signed Paperback copies for $19.95 + $3.50 s/h may be acquired @ Authors Den Signed Bookstore:  https://www.authorsden.com/buybook.asp?bookid=70875
    Amazon (Kindle/Paperback) - http://mybook.to/AnEQuiche 
    Website - Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

    Monday, January 2, 2017


    The butterfly. In addition to being beautiful it holds deep symbolic meaning for me. As a fan of the Hero's Journey and a Christian (again we are talking about symbolism and religion is full of symbolism) I believe in death and rebirth, or resurrection. This concept has become even more relevant in my life due to the failing health of my husband and the loss of some of some people I desperately love.
    For me the butterfly represents the cycle of death and rebirth. From an egg a caterpillar emerges. It spends its life eating and preparing for the next incantation. At maturation the caterpillar entombs itself in a chrysalis to transform. the transformation and rebirth process is strange and traumatic. the new-born butterfly actually needs to squeeze itself out of a tiny opening forcing the blood from its engorged body into its wings. If the adult butterfly does not go through this process it will wither and die. The adult butterfly then continues the cycle of life by reproducing.
    I love the symbolism of the butterfly and try to work it into my writing whenever possible.
    What symbol do you use in your own writing?
    And a note: The pictures I am using in the writing prompts are my own. One of my hobbies is photography.